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Here’s Where You Might Save Up to 10 Percent on Your Grocery Bill

We’ve found 11 regional supermarkets that give ‘senior’ discounts or deals to shoppers as young as 55, in some cases. Find out if a grocery store near you is among them.

Everyone is looking for ways to save these days, and the grocery store may be an option if you’re an older adult. Many supermarkets across the country offer people over a specific age a percentage off their bill. The grocery stores typically pick one day per week, known as senior discount days, to extend this deal to their older shoppers. The discounts tend to range from 5 to 10 percent off your grocery bill or select items. ​

Keep in mind that some big grocery chains, including Hy-Vee, Safeway and Giant, don’t have a corporate-wide senior day on the books, but individual stores may extend a discount, so it’s best to check with your store. Veterans can also save at the grocery store, with some supermarkets offering similar discounts to individuals who have served in the military. With that in mind, here’s a list of 11 grocery stores across the country that have set senior discount days. ​

1. ALBERTSONS

Locations: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and other central and western states
Age for discount: Varies
Deal: Senior discount is available at select stores throughout the country. Customers are encouraged to reach out to their store to confirm if there’s a senior discount.​

​2. BASHAS’

Locations: Over 100 stores in Arizona
Age for discount: 55+
Deal: The first Wednesday of every month, customers 55 and older get 10 percent off their purchase. Customers are required to use their Thank You rewards card to receive the discount. The discount cannot be used for prescriptions, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, postage stamps, gift cards, Western Union, taxes, fuel or lottery tickets.​

3. BROOKSHIRE’S FOOD & PHARMACY

Locations: Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas
Age for discount: 60+
Deal: Every Tuesday and Thursday, customers 60 and older can save 5 percent off their grocery purchase when they use their Brookshire’s Thank You Card. Eligible adults need to ask for the discount at checkout. The discount doesn’t apply to milk and other dairy products and a host of other things including fuel, tobacco and prescription drugs. ​

4. DECICCO FAMILY MARKETS

Locations: New York
Age for discount: 62+
Deal: Seniors get a discount on regular-priced items one day per week. The individual store sets the percentage off and day of the deal. Customers are required to have a DeCicco Preferred Card to receive the discount. ​

5. FOOD BAZAAR

Locations: Connecticut, New Jersey and New York
Age for discount: Varies
Deal: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seniors get 5 percent off their grocery bill. Sales found in the weekly circular are not eligible for the senior discount.

6. FRED MEYER

Locations: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
Age for discount: 55+
Deal: The first Tuesday of every month, adults 55 and older get 10 percent off select items including private-brand groceries, apparel, shoes, accessories, all home goods and most electronics.​

7. HARRIS TEETER

Locations: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Washington and D.C.
Age for discount: 60+ 
Deal: Every Thursday customers 60 and older receive a 5 percent discount on their bill. To receive the discount a shopper must have a valid VIC rewards card. Let the cashier know at checkout to get the savings. 

8. HY-VEE

Locations: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin
Age for discount: Varies
Deal: Every Tuesday, seniors get 3 percent off their orders. There are other specials throughout the store on Senior Discount Day. ​

9. NEW SEASONS MARKET

Locations: Portland, Oregon; San Jose, California; Vancouver, Washington
Age for discount: 65+
Deal: On Wednesdays, people 65 and older receive 10 percent off most items in the store. ​

10. TOPS MARKETS

Locations: New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont
Age for discount: 60+
Deal: The first Tuesday of every month, shoppers 60 and older get 6 percent off their entire grocery bill and out-of-pocket prescription drug purchase. Customers have to sign up for a Tops BonusPlus rewards card to get the deal.

11. WEIS MARKETS

Locations: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia
Age for discount: 60+
Deal: Every Tuesday, people 60 and older get 10 percent off participating Weis branded products. 

This story was adapted from aarp.org. To learn more, click here.

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